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Call for Papers on the Special Issue in Transportation Research Part A: Integration of passenger and freight transport

According to the “Green Paper on Urban Mobility”, a strong inter-modal and inter-sectorial passenger and freight integration could improve the overall efficiency of transport. The operational organization of an integrated passenger/freight system may contribute to this single logistics system. The idea of bridging freight and passenger transport is not new, since first academic discussions date back to more than a decade ago. Nowadays, this scheme is partially adopted for specific transport solutions, such as air, ferry and long-distance rail transport. However, it is less common in urban rail and road transport, as well as in non-urban areas. In these contexts, several technical and policy-related issues make this integration difficult and its application in real cases limited.


Special issue “Mobility, housing and labour markets in times of economic crises”

The papers that make up this special issue on “Mobility, housing and labour markets in times of economic crises” published in “Regional studies” originate from a NECTAR1 Cluster 4 meeting (devoted to travel, migration, housing and labour market issues) held in Toledo, Spain, in October 2016. These empirically based contributions cover various different European studies for different regional contexts. The special issue can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00343404.2020.1711879

Special issue ”Advances in Spatial and Transport Network Analysis”

A special issue ”Advances in Spatial and Transport Network Analysis” in MDPI International Journal of Geo-Information is being edited by Henrikki Tenkanen (UCL), Elsa Arcaute (CASA), Rafael Pereira (Ipea, Brazil) and Marta Gonzalez (UC Berkley). The deadline for papers is 31st December 2020. The call (see here) is dedicated to advances related to accessibility / spatial network analysis that deal with issues such as climate change and sustainability.

Special Issue: Active Travel and Mobility Management.

Silvio Nocera (Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy) and Maria Attard (University of Malta, Malta) are launching a Call for Papers for the Special Issue: Active Travel and Mobility Management. This is linked to the NECTAR Joint Meeting of Cluster 2: Policy and Environment and Cluster 7: Social and Health Issues, to be held in Venice, Italy, 26-27 March 2020. However, Guests Editors welcome papers not necessarily presented at the Meeting.

Special issue: “Big Data: A New Opportunity for Transport Geography?”

This Special Issue published by the Journal of Transport Geography and edited by Emmanouil Tranos and Elizabeth Mack aims to critically assess and demonstrate how new sources of big data and the related methodological developments have influenced transport geography research. Specifically, the special issue demonstrates the value of such data sources by presenting a collection of cutting edge geographical empirical studies, which take advantage of the ‘three Vs’ that characterize these data (variety, volume, and velocity). In these pieces, a variety of data sources are utilized, which range from train timetables and flows to bike sharing data, to Tweets and to data about individual mobility trajectories from wearable global positioning system (GPS) devices. Transport geography has always been a cross-disciplinary community, but it seems that the availability of new sources of big data has drastically enhanced this characteristic of the field. The special issue can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2018.08.003

This special issue is the output of an international workshop, which was co-organized by the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and NECTAR Cluster 8 in March 2016 in Seville, Spain. The success of the event, in terms of the large number of participants (around 40 presentations), and also the cross-disciplinary nature of the participants, which included engineers, transportation geographers, urban planners, physicists and cultures geographers initiated this special issue.


Themed volume on “Aging and Mobility” in the journal “Research in Transportation Business and Management”

Population aging is a social phenomenon which is affecting different sectors in life including transport. As a result, the body of literature dealing with the mobility of older people and its determinants is developing. On the one hand, older people are remaining much more active and mobile being healthier, licensed to drive, more educated and working longer. On the other hand, the highest increase in the older population is within the older-old segment due to the “aging of aging”. The benefits of mobility in later life and active aging have been widely documented and evidenced. However older people are usually considered as one of the transport disadvantaged groups. More knowledge is needed on the management of transport systems so as to cater for and adapt to the needs of aging societies. This themed volume focuses specifically on managing mobility and transport systems so as to improve the quality of life of older people whilst simultaneously working towards sustainable mobility.

This themed volume welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions that address the management of mobility in later life. Invited topics should be related, but not limited to:

  • Evaluation of different transport infrastructures and their impact on older people as drivers, pedestrians, cyclist or public transport users;
  • The effects of neighbourhood designs and built environment on the quality of life and mobility of older people (e.g. age in place concepts).
  • Assessment of “new” transport services that can improve the mobility of older people;
  • Novel methods that identify and manage the mobility needs and perceptions of older people that have a higher risk of transport deficiency;
  • Empirical data from under-researched case studies such as from contexts in the developing world;
  • Analysis and implications of new technologies specifically targeted to improve mobility as people age.

If you are interested in submitting a paper, you are kindly requested to send a 300 word abstract by the 20th August 2018 to deborah.mifsud@um.edu.mt and maria.attard@um.edu.mt

Following the review of all the abstracts received we will submit the proposal to the editors for consideration and provide feedback to the authors. We expect the full papers by 19th November 2018 to start the review process. We expect publication of the themed volume before the end of 2019.